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    September 10, 2010
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prime minister's credit and to theize ee israeli's credit, it's been significant. it has significantly reduced settlement construction in the region. and that's why the palestinians say, you know what? even though we weren't that keen on it at first or we thought it was just window dressing, it turns out that this was important to us. what i've said to prime minister netanyahu is that given so far the talks are moving forward in a constructive way, it makes sense to extend that moratorium so long as the takes are moving in a constructive way. because ultimately the way to solve these problems is for the two sides to agree, what's it going to be, israel? what's it going to be, the state of palestine? and if you can get that
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agreement, then you can start constructing anything that the people of of israel see fit. now, i think the policies of prime minister netanyahu is very different. there has been a coalition that says, we don't want to continue this. so i've said, you've got to show the israeli public that you are serious and constructive in these talks so that the politics for prime minister netanyahu, if he were going to extend the settlement moratorium, would be a little bit easier. and, you know, one of the goals i think that i've set for myself and for my team is to make sure that president habas and prime
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minister netanyahu start thinking about, how can they help the other succeed as opposed to how do they figure out a way for the other to fail? because if they are going to be successful in bringing about what they now agree is the best course of action for their people, the only way they are going to succeed is if they are seeing the world through the other person's eyes. and that requires a personal relationship and building trust. hopefully these meetings will help do that. okay. ann compton? >> mr. president, what does it say about the status of american system of justice when so many of those who are thought to be plotters for september 11th or accused of suspected terrorists
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are still awaiting any kind of trial? are you -- where are you still convinced that a civilian trial is correct for khalid shaikh muhammad? and will guantanamo remain open for another year? >> well, the -- you know, we have succeeded on delivering a lot of campaign promises that we've made. one where we've fallen short is closing guantanamo. i wanted to close it sooner. we have missed that deadline. it's not for lack of trying. it's because the politics are very difficult. now, i am absolutely convinced that the american justice system is strong enough that we should be able to convict people who murdered innocent americans, who
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carried out terrorists attacks against us. we should be able to lock them up and make sure that they don't see the light of day. we should -- we can do that. we've done it before. we've got people who engaged in terrorist attacks who are in our prisons -- maximum security prisons all across the country. but this is an issue that has generated a lot of political rhetoric and people understandably, know, are fearful. but one of the things that i think is worth reflecting on after 9/11 is, you know, this country is so resilient. we are so tough. we can't be frightened by a
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handful of people, especially when we've captured them and we've got the goods on them. so i've also said that there are going to be circumstances where a military tribunal may be appropriate. and the reason for that is -- and i'll just give a specific example. there may be situations in which somebody was captured in theater, is now in guantanamo. it's very hard to piece together a chain of evidence that would meet some of the evidentiary standards that would be required in our article 3 court. but we know that the person is guilty, there's sufficient evidence to bring about a conviction. so what i've said is, you know, the military commission system that we set up, where appropriate for certain
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individuals that would make -- that would make it difficult to try in article 3 courts for a range of reasons, we can reform that system so that it meets the highest standards of due process and prosecute them there. and so i'm prepared to work with democrats and republicans and we, over the course of the last year, have been in constant conversations with them about setting up a sensible system in which we are prosecuting where appropriate those in article 3 courts. we're prosecuting others where appropriate through a military tribunal. and, in either case, let's put them in prisons where our track record is they've never escaped. and by the way, just from a purely fiscal point of view, the costs of holding folks in
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guantanamo is massively higher than it is holding them in a super maximum security prison here in the united states. i think it needs to happen. we're going to work with members of congress and this is going to have to be on a bipartisan basis to move this forward in a way that is consistent with our standards of due process, consistent with our constitution, consistent also with our image in the world of a country that cares about rule of law. you can't underestimate the impact of that. you know, al qaeda operatives still cite guantanamo as a justification for attacks against the united states. still, to this day.
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and there's no reason for us to give them that kind of talking point when, in fact, we can use the various mechanisms of our justice system to prosecute these folks and to make sure that they never attack again. okay. ed henry? >> president, thank you very much. some of the al qaeda leaders that you have captured. one that you have not is osama bin laden. tomorrow is going to be nine years since he was the mastermind of 3,000 americans being killed. i think capturing or killing bin laden is a critical aspect of stamping out al qaeda. he's not just a symbol, he's an operational leader of an organization planning attacks against the u.s. do you still believe it's a critical policy to capture or
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kill him? and here you are two years in, your campaign saying that you were going to run a smarter war on terror than the bush administration and you haven't captured him and you don't seem to know where he is. >> well, i think capturing or killing bin laden would be extremely important to our national security. it doesn't solve all of our problems but it remain as high priority of this administration. one of the things that we've been very successful at over the last few years is to ramp up the pressure on al qaeda and their key leaders. and as a consequence, they have been holed up in ways that have made it harder for them to operate. and part of what has happened is that bin laden has gone deep underground. even more often out there has
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been much more cautious, but we have the best minds, the best intelligence officers, the best special forces who are thinking about this day and night. and they will continue to think about it day and night as long as i'm president. >> do you think americans are going to face another nine years of this terror threat, another generation? what's your -- >> here's what i think. i think that in this day and age there are going to be -- there is always going to be the potential for an individual or a small group of individuals, if they are willing to die, to kill other people. some of them are going to be very well organized and some of them are going to be rampant. that threat is there.
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it's important for the american people to understand that. and not to live in fear. it's just a reality of todays world that there are going to be threats out there. we have, i think, greatly improved our homeland security since 9/11 occurred. you know, i am constantly impressed with the dedication that our teams apply to this problem. they are chasing down every thread, not just from al qaeda but any other actor out there that might be engaging in terrorism. they are making sure that even what might appear to be a lone individual that makes up a
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threat and one of the things that i want to make sure that we do as a president is to understand and that we don't start losing who we are or overreacting if, in fact, there is the threat of terrorism out there. we go about our business. we are tougher than them. our families and our businesses and our churches and mosques and synagogues and our constitution and our values, that's what gives us strength and we are going to have this problem out there for a long time to come but it doesn't have to completely distort us and it doesn't have to dominate our foreign policy. what we can do is to constantly fight against it and i think
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ultimately we are going to be able to stamp it out. but it's going to take some time. >> last question. wendell? >> thank you, mr. president. i wonder if i can get you to weigh in on the wisdom of building a mosque a couple of blocks from ground zero. we know that the organizers have the constitutional right. what would it say about this country if they were somehow talked out of doing that and hasn't the florida minister's threat to burn a couple hundred copies of the koran, has the threat itself put american lives in danger, sir? >> well, on your second question, there is no doubt that when someone goes out of their way to be provocative in ways that we know can inflame the passions of over a billion muslims around the world, at a time when we've got our troops
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in a lot of muslim countries, that's a problem. and it has made life a lot more difficult for our men and women in uniform who already have a very difficult job. with respect to the mosque in new york, i think i've been pretty clear on my position here. and that is, that this country stands for the proposition that all men and women are created equal, that they have certain anailable rights and one of those is to practice their religion freely. and what that means is that if you could build a church on a site, you could build a synagogue on a site, if you
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could build a hindu temple on a site, then you should be able to build a mosque on the site. now, i recognize the extraordinary sensitivities around 9/11. you know, i've met with families of 9/11 victims in the past. you know, i can only imagine the continuing pain and anguish and sense of loss that they may go through. and tomorrow we, as americans, are going to be joining them in prayer and remembrance. but i go back to what i said earlier. we are not at war against islam. we are at war against terrorist organizations that have distorted islam or falsely used the banner of islam to engage in their destructive acts. and we've got to be clear about that. we've got to be clear about that
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because if we're going to deal with the problems that he had he had hened henry was talking abo if we're going to successfully reduce the terrorist threat, then we need all of the allies that we can get. the folks who are most interested in a war between the united states or the western islam are al qaeda. that's what they have been banking on. and fortunately, the overwhelming majority of muslims around the world are peace loving, are interested in the same things that you and i are interested in. how do i make sure i can get a good job? how do i make sure my kids get a decent education? how can i make sure that i'm safe? improve my life? and so they have rejected this violent ideology, for the most
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part. overwhelmingly. and so from a national security interest, we want to be clear about who the enemy is here. it's ap handful of people who are engaging in horrific acts. and have killed muslims more than anybody else. the other reason it's important for us to remember is that because we've got millions of muslim-americans, our fellow citizens in this country. they are going to school with our kids. they are our neighbors. they are our friends. they are are co-workers. and, you know, when we start acting as if their religion is somehow offensive, what are we saying to them? i've got muslims who are fighting in afghanistan, in the
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uniform of the united states armed services. they are out there putting their lives on the line for us and we've got to make sure that we are crystal clear for our sakes and their sakes, they are americas and we honor their service. and part of honoring their service is making sure that they understand we don't differentiate between them and us. it's just us. and that is a principle that i think is going to be very important for to us sustain and i think tomorrow is an excellent time for us to reflect on that. thank you very much, everybody. >> president obama from the white house, his eighth news conference so far and his longest by some minutes. a conversation with -- about tax cuts, about the economy, about
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jobs, about the would-be koran burning preacher down in florida and peace in the middle east. lots to talk about as he tried refrain the conversation about the effectiveness of his presidency so far, especially with 53 days to go until midterm elections. there will be more about the president's news conference on your local news, on this cbs station and on cbs.com and, of course, on evening news with katie couric. i'm harry smith reporting from
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hello. i'm jc hayward. welcome to 9 news now at noon. we have an update on that huge explosion and fire that occurred near san francisco. amateur video captured the flames from the blast. dozens of homes were destroyed. at least four people were killed. we have more now from san bruno, california. >> a spectacular deadly fire ball lit up the sky in the san francisco suburb of san bruno. >> it sounded like a jet almost. like a giant roar and then the biggest boom i've ever hear in my life. >> reporter: the boom was a natural gas line that ruptured thursday evening sending flames as high as 100 feet in the air. several people were killed an the death toll could rise. officials haven't been able to canvass the area just yet. dozens of homes that went up in flames are still smoking. >> the sun is shining over there but still a dark cloud over the city. >> reporter: hundreds had to be
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evacuated from their homes and many came to this parking lot, which turned in to an emergency operations center. from here, the red cross placed many of them in shelters. >> not going to hit me for a couple of days all the things we have lost. but we have our lives and our dog. >> reporter: the fire was immensely difficult to control. planes dropped retardants from above. firefighters could only roar watch the roaring blaze at first because the gas was still feeding the flames. >> i've never ever felt heat that intense, ever. it was -- >> reporter: is there any way to describe what you were feeling? >> it was like hell on earth. really was. like hell on earth. all you see is 80-foot flames. >> reporter: the gas company says it will take responsibility if it is at fault. a team from in the ntsb is investigating. cbs news. at least 20 people were injured in the blast and some of them critically.
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in philadelphia, a suspended employee went on a shooting spree at a plant. that plant remains closed until further notice. police say a woman who had been escorted from the factory returned with the handgun and opened fire. two people were killed. a third person was critically injured. that woman is in police custody. the florida minister, who said he was going to burn copies of the koran and then changed his mind is apparently reconsidering his actions. michael has the latest developments from gainesville, florida. >> reporter: reverend terry jones now says he will not burn copies of the koran on september 11th, but it is unclear if the event has been cancelled or postponed. >> we are hoping we can come to a conclusion. >> reporter: are you going to burn korans? >> we are not prepared to answer that right now. >> reporter: the florida pastor wants the proposed islamic center near ground zero moved to another location and no one
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has agreed that but the most he can expect is a meeting with muslim leaders in new york. >> we will be going up there, myself and pastor jones to discuss the nature and the idea of moving the mosque. >> reporter: jones and the imam met here in gainesville on thursday. that's when the pastor says that he promised the islamic center would be moved. >> it was a perfect compromise. i am disappointed he is reneging on that or saying it never took place. >> reporter: tensions are high overseas, especially in afghanistan where angry protesters chanted death to obama. the president condemned the plan saying thousands of americans abroad would be threatened. cbs news, gainesville, florida. we'll be right what we can do is arm ourselves for the ones we love with a flu shot from walgreens. back.
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i'm meteorologist devon lucie with a quick look at the forecast. culpeper near 80. stuck in the upper 60s in gaitherburg. in the 70s before long with bright sunshine here today one or two clouds we have them around 10:00. a few more clouds in to saturday, too but a bright sunny day for the most part. clouds late in the day and sunday morning early we get showers to arrive. much-needed rain showers coming in. i think the rain is in here and then out of here by the noon hour. sunshine noon and beyond should get us in to the lower to mid-
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70s. cooler day and cooler rain. by the time you get to the afternoon, by the time land and parking lots still up tailgating is looking fine. look out for the morning rain if you have planned church services or congregational services like that you have to be prepared. sunshine late in the day. the next two are perfect. 77 for the high today. a little cool with a breeze from the northwest. 10 to 15 miles an hour but not as strong as yesterday and the high fire danger a little less but very dry out there. be careful. saturday again, sunshine up to 78, 79, almost the 80-degree mark and it is tracking this morning rain. late to the early-morning hours on saturday morning in to sunday and we are done by noon. that's the forecast. jc? >> thank you for being with us. come back and join us at 5:00. you can get the news 24 hours a day by going to wusa9.com.
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